Are we learning standard academic German or spoken German?
Are we learning standard academic German or spoken German? What type of German Duolingo wants us to learn? I know from English there are differences between Standard academic language and spoken language. Any ideas? THANKS
Oh, that's hard to say. There are many different levels of spoken German, that can also include academic levels. I would say it's definitely not too informal, I didn't see many words that you should avoid in e.g. a job interview. A good part sounds like "Behördendeutsch" to me, i.e. words that would sound artificial or technical in a conversation among friends and family, but also this is also necessary to read or listen to news or read warning signs and the like. On the other hand, Duo is not really teaching all the funny speaking habits, e.g. when to say das or es, the myriads of different meanings of modal particles, that are mostly omitted in written and official texts.
Congratulation on reaching Level 25. It is generally excepted that Duo can get you to A1 or possibly A2 level in German. You Questions are interesting but really do not apply to Duo. The questions you pose require a persons fluency at least C1 level.
I doubt any DL course offers proper 'academic' language or true colloquial use. The vocab is always very basic - often not exceeding 2000 words (lemmas) - and you'll encounter few topics which can properly be labelled 'academic' or 'colloquial'.
you are learnig high geman which actually is academic german. spoken german would usually mean some kind of dialekt. so you can say what high german is the common laguage and and the academic laguage in the same time in germany . greetings from Germany ;-)
Thanks 7hAu0bvY ... very insightful. Greeting back at you from UK. I love Germany
you also have to keep in mind that 150 years ago Germany was still splittert in many little kingdoms. it was only unified at the end of the 19. century.
it's standard German which is the same as spoken German, just not in all parts where a dialect might be spoken instead
Interesting question - yes I'd much rather learn enough for a german person to understand me and not necessarily learn enough to write an academic paper.
(The way I speak English is not how I would write an essay for a university class, so I feel like other languages have this 'formal' distinction in language as well)
Dude, this is standard German. But, if you are learning some academic discipline, sure the words you use in your natural language are similar than germanic words. It is normal that exists a common pack of words in the specialized areas of knowledge, between diferents languages.
In a part. For example, I am a spanish natural speaker, graduated in Filosophy and I don't know English a lot, but I can to read Filosophy in English without big problems, because the specific words of my discipline are similar in both languages, being spanish a latin language and english a germanic (saxon) language. Then, is more easy to lear English if you think how to the German is reflected by the English. Then, for me is more easy to learn German in Englist that learn in spanish. Ahhh, I want to read, write and speak German a lot. I am in love with it language, it sounds like each word was made carefuly and with tenderness. Auf wiedersehn.
yes there are many common words with spanish and other romanic languages as well... during the migration Period around 400 a. D. many germanic people migrated to nowadays italy and spain bringing their languages along people startet to adopt some germanic words in to their romanic language. plus of course during the roman emire the romans brought their language along, and some romanic words where adopted to the germanic languages. so it startet to mix.
That is very good insight into languages and how they work. Nice to hear your slant on things. Much appreciated und Auf wiedersehn
I agree with your explanation and points of view. Thanks for taking the time and communicating with me/ us. Auf wiedersehn.
Yes it is. If you think so, I do not mind, there is no harm in this! Tschüss :)